Brushing your pet’s teeth is an important part of their overall health. It can prevent the need for a dental cleaning and prevent serious infections from affecting important organs like the heart and kidneys. For the best results, daily brushing is recommended with a pet friendly tooth paste that does not contain fluoride. We carry several toothpastes and styles of toothbrushes. Here are some tips to teaching your pet to tolerate brushing:
- Start slow. Because the toothpastes are enzymatic, just licking it off your finger will be an important first step. Follow this with lots of praise and a nice tasting snack.
- After several days of tasting the toothpaste, the next step is to use your finger to start rubbing the paste along the teeth focusing on the gum line.
- Then, you can apply the paste to a slightly abrasive material, such as a gauze square or piece of woman’s nylon stocking. This can then be rubbed on the teeth using a circular motion.
- Eventually, you should brush the teeth using a toothbrush or finger brush depending on which works best for you and your pet.
Remember, making this a happy daily event will create a habit that you and your pet can enjoy together. It will lead to a healthier pet and hopefully result in less non-routine veterinary care. Be patient and have fun! Call Stoney Pointe Pet Hospital with any questions or concerns!